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Weekend will be warmer, windy, and wet

After a string of chilly days in which temperatures were almost 10°F below normal, the Boston area will see a return this weekend to temperatures more appropriate for late October. However, this warm-up will be accompanied by some stormy weather, as an unsettled pattern takes hold. The best chance for rain will come tonight, as the first of two low pressure systems passes over New England from the west. Rain will begin in the late afternoon today, with winds increasing overnight. The rain will taper off after sunrise tomorrow, but strong winds will continue throughout the day.

The second chance for rain will come on Saturday night as a second low pressure system passes to our north. This will be a weaker system, and the lack of a direct hit will cause rain totals to be much lower than for tonight’s storm. Expect just a chance of showers from Saturday afternoon and evening, then another slight chance of rain on Sunday.

Any rain that does fall this weekend will help to alleviate the extreme drought currently in progress over more than one-third of the state of Massachusetts. In Boston, the total rainfall to date in 2016 is currently 9.5 inches below its normal level.